Stanford’s sexual harassment policies continue to apply during remote learning. Any harassment or discrimination that occurs within a program or activity of the university, including all online instruction, is subject to university policies. Stanford will also respond to concerns in which harassment or discrimination happens outside of university matters where that conduct is so severe as to cause significant harm within the university community or to a community member. We are continuing to take in reports and to investigate matters while the campus is operating remotely. We are using remote technology to investigate cases and hold hearings. We continue to work to hold cases to existing university timelines.
Stanford Student Title IX Process and Stanford Title IX Administrative Process
The Stanford Student Title IX Process (effective February 2016) (for matters involving a student as a respondent) and Stanford Title IX Administrative Process (for matters not covered by Student Title IX Process) address Stanford University’s responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Similarly, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Section 304 requires that universities have procedures in place to respond to matters of sexual assault, relationship (dating) violence and stalking. This policy covers student-related concerns of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating or domestic) violence and stalking (collectively "Prohibited Conduct") involving students, regardless of whether the alleged Prohibited Conduct occurred on or off of campus and regardless of the sex of the parties involved.
Attorneys for Student Title IX Process
The Student Title IX Process entails students going through the Stanford Student Title IX Process (i.e., student on student concerns) to nine hours of attorney service paid for by the university. A list of the university-identified attorneys willing to advise the Complainant and Responding Students can be found here. The Stanford Title IX Adminstrative Process (which applies when the Respondent is not a student) does not entail any party to attorney service paid for by the university.
The Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices
The Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices was created to monitor and make recommendations on Stanford’s education, support and adjudication programs in this area. This advisory committee of faculty and students is inviting input from the campus community on Stanford’s policies and practices around issues of sexual violence.
Student Title IX Advisory Committee Members:
Stephanie Tzouanas Schmidt, PhD candidate in Bioengineering
Pamela Karlan, Co-Chair of Committee, professor of Law
Juliet Brodie, Co-Chair of Committee, professor of Law
Elizabeth Magill, former dean of Stanford Law School and Co-Chair of the 2014-15 Provost’s Task Force
Merrell Grace Guzman, ’20
Laura Roberts, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences
Robert Weisberg, professor of law
Update: May 14, 2019
The Provost asked the Advisory Committee to survey the attorneys on the Stanford list to seek their feedback on the pilot process. In addition to seeking their general observations based on their experiences, the Committee sought their views on the requirement of a unanimous vote for a finding of responsibility and on the availability of "Non-Hearing Resolutions." The survey is complete and the Committee is sending a summary of responses to the Provost. Any member of the Stanford community who has views on the Title IX Process, including but not limited to those topics, is of course welcome to send those views to the Committee via this portal.
In addition, the Provost asked the Advisory Committee to undertake an anonymized survey of community members who have participated in the Title IX process. Working with the Title IX office to ensure confidentiality and anonymity, the Committee arranged to have a link to a Qualtrics survey sent to those people. For obvious reasons, the responses to the survey will not be published, but any trends or issues will be forwarded to the Provost. Any member of the community who has participated in the Title IX process is of course welcome to send any observations, including those written as responses to the survey, to the Committee via this portal.
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